Kuala Lumpur Travel Tips provides travel information for visiting the capital and biggest city in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is the political, economic, financial and transportation hub of Malaysia. All the major expressways of Peninsular Malaysia lead out of this city towards the north, northeast and south.
On this website I put together information you can use to help you get to know Kuala Lumpur as a visitor, and explore all its sights. In this write-up, I touch on accommodation, transport, and places of interest in Kuala Lumpur. I even provide you a directory of businesses operating in Kuala Lumpur, so that you can quickly find whatever product or service you would need in the city.
Each of the red line on the map represents a road in Kuala Lumpur that I have described. Expand the map and click on the road to get information about it. I am in the process of updating this map, adding more roads into it.
The city of Kuala Lumpur covers an area of 243 sq km (93.8 sq mi) within the Klang Valley. The city of Kuala Lumpur has a population of 1.63 million people (2011 estimate). It lies within a metropolitan area that sprawls into the neighbouring states of Selangor and parts of Negri Sembilan. The entire metropolitan area of Kuala Lumpur, stretching from Nilai in the south to Rawang in the north, has a population of 7.2 million people.
Kuala Lumpur is within the Malaysian Standard Time, which is eight hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+8). The phone area code here is +03. The vehicle registration plates of Kuala Lumpur begins with W.
Kuala Lumpur, which means muddy confluence, is located at the confluence of the Klang River and Gombak River. It was at the confluence in 1849 that the initial group of Chinese miners disembarked from their sampans. They have been engaged by the local Malay chieftain to mine of tin in the nearby Ampang area.
Petronas Twin Towers (6 June, 2004)
Kuala Lumpur and its neighbourhoods
Located at the heart of Selangor state, Kuala Lumpur served as both the capital of Selangor and the nation until 1978, when the capital of Selangor was relocated to a newly planned city, Shah Alam. Four years before that, Kuala Lumpur formally separated from Selangor when it was established as the first Federal Territory of Malaysia, under direct administration of the Federal Government. The federal territory covers 243 sq km (94 sq mi) and is situated at an average elevation of 21.95 meter (72 kaki).
Kuala Lumpur experiences a tropical rainforest climate. Temperature is quite uniform throughout the year, averaging around 27°C. The wet season is between October and December, and again between March and April.
Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur (8 February, 2006)
Kuala Lumpur on Google Maps Street View
Kuala Lumpur skyline (1 January, 2010)
Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur (28 December, 2006)
Arriving in Kuala Lumpur
Arriving in Kuala Lumpur by plane
If you arrive in Kuala Lumpur by plane, you will touch down at either the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), which is the main airport for the city and the country, or at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB), which is the Old Kuala Lumpur International Airport. I have prepared detailed information to help you. Please read Arriving in Kuala Lumpur by flight.
Arriving in Kuala Lumpur by train
If you arrive in Kuala Lumpur by train, you will reach the city at KL Sentral, the main rail transportation hub. From here, you can take the Light Rail Transit, Monorail, bus or taxi to any other parts of the city. Go to the KL Sentral page for details.
Arriving in Kuala Lumpur by bus
If you arrive in Kuala Lumpur by long-distance bus, the main terminal is Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (as Pudu Sentral is no longer used for long distance buses). In addition, many buses from the northern part of the peninsula ends their journey at Hentian Duta.
Kuala Lumpur has an excellent network of expressways. Many of these are however toll highways. Public transportation includes the Light Rail Transit, Monorail and bus. The main public bus operator in Kuala Lumpur is RapidKL, which also runs the Light Rail Transit system. Most of the expressways in Malaysia is concentrated in the Klang Valley, in and around Kuala Lumpur. For more details, see page on Expressways in Malaysia.
You can explore Kuala Lumpur on a shoestring budget by taking the free Go KL city bus service. There are four routes that form loops passing through various parts of the city centre.
There are a number of taxi companies in Kuala Lumpur. Their rates are not uniform. The cheapest are the red-and-white taxis. These start with a RM3.00 flagfall for the first 2 km and then RM0.90 for every subsequent kilometer. Then there are the blue executive taxis which start with a RM4 flagfall. Taxis also apply a surcharge for baggages and radio call.
Downtown Kuala Lumpur is not built for pedestrian. Apart from the inner city such as the Chinatown and Chow Kit areas, most places in Kuala Lumpur require that you self-drive or take public transport.
St Mary's Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur (8 February, 2006)
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